Knits Summer 2009 Gallery: Akomeogi Tunic

Akomeogi Tunic

by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

from Interweave Knits Summer 2009

  36" sample garment

The images above are from the magazine where the 36" size sweater is modeled with about 2" of positive ease.

The images below are of our Interweave Gallery Gals wearing the same sample sweater.


 Interweave Gallery Gals

Allison says:
This was the piece that I was really looking forward to seeing in person and trying on. I love the details–the beautiful origami-inspired neckline and the sleeve detail. However, it's a little more detail than I would typically wear at my bust. I would pair this with some ankle-length pants/capris and wedge shoes for a sophisticated look for a summer evening. 
Bust 36”
Waist 27”
Hip 36”
Height 5’ 4”
Sharon Toni

Sharon says:
EVERYONE looked great in this, both style and color. The origami folds are right on trend and I adore the asymmetry. I think this would be cute over a full, knee-length skirt with a feminine floral print.
Bust 34.5"
Waist 27"
Hip 37.5"
Height 5' 8"

Toni says:
I absolutely adore the elegantly draped folds of this cardigan. I could immediately imagine myself wearing this classic with a pair of slacks or a simple skirt.
Bust 34.5”
Waist 28”
Hip 36.5”
Height 5’ 5.5”
Trish Karen
Trish says: An interesting and intriguing design. It was fascinating how the button/buttonhole arrangement created the cascade of pleats. To me, this is one of the dressiest of the bunch. I'd wear it with a long skirt to the theater.
Bust 34"
Height 4' 11"

Karen says:
This reminded me of my beautiful friend Chieko from Okinawa who never goes anywhere without one of her folding fans. I think there’s a lot of versatility: with a pair of jeans or with a solid a-line skirt.

Bust 32"
Waist 24"
Hip 38"
Height 5' 3"

Sandi's Notes:

This is a stunner. On everyone! The side vents give you room at the hips; the graceful folks flatter a variety of bust sizes and shapes. I think this is one of those timeless designs that will look good on a lot of different body types–and STILL look good years from now when those body types age (gracefully, of course…).

Specific tips for our Gallery Gals:
– I think a size larger would make Allison feel less self-conscious about the folds accenting her bustline. It's lovely on her, but it does pull a bit; she needs more positive ease overall.
– Trish's bust measurement is right for the actual measurement of the sweater, but she has such a tiny frame that the sweater looks too big overall. I'd like to see her in a smaller size–it would fit better at the shoulders, which is a critical area for overall fit. The folds would give her enough room in the bust area, given her proportions and build.
– Karen also needs a smaller size–see how the shoulders don't sit at the right spot? At first glance, you might think this size fits fine on her, because the length is good and the sleeve length is good–but remember that Karen has long arms and a long torso for her size. The shoulders tell the real story: She needs a size smaller for this sweater to fit her perfectly.

Here are some questions to consider as you look at these photos:

  • How do you think the garment compliments each woman's individual body type and personal style?
  • Which body type does this garment look best on?
  • If you wanted to knit a sweater straight out of the magazine, with no pattern adjustments except for sleeve and hem length, would this be the sweater for you and your body type?
  • Would it fit your personal style?

Leave your thoughts in the comments!


Some links you  might find helpful:

Measuring yourself and your clothing

About positive and negative ease

Measuring tutorial with photos


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Knitting Patterns, Sweaters

50 thoughts on “Knits Summer 2009 Gallery: Akomeogi Tunic

  1. Sandi, I know you’ve been getting a lot of flack lately for Interweave becoming “too trendy/young” for a lot of readers — but this sweater (and the others in the summer issue) are reasons why I think you’re doing a GREAT job!

    I love seeing more stylish sweaters, esp. when they’re as universally flattering as this one. I’m nearly sixty, and have been knitting most of my life. I don’t want more of the same old. I WANT new, stylish knitwear that’s in fashion, and I love that you’re showing more sweaters with very slight or negative ease. Please, no more knitted refridgerators: these more fitted knits are vastly more flattering and feminine.

    So great job all around — keep bringing us your great ‘zine, and the galleries, too.

  2. To be honest, I wasn’t crazy about this sweater in the magazine. I appreciate the unique details and creativity that went into it, but I thought maybe it just wasn’t my style. After seeing it on everyone, I have completely changed my mind! I really like it now! It seems to flatter everyone you’ve shown it on and now I am considering making one for myself 🙂 I think it would be beautiful in a bluish-gray color.

  3. For me this is one of the smartest features on Knitting Daily. The fitting notes are insightful and useful. I have a secondary styling note. Trish, with her short hair, is very elegant in this particular sweater. There is something about having the neck exposed along with the detailed drape that makes it work for me. I can imagine it in a soft black yarn with pearl buttons.

  4. Hi Sandi,
    MirandaJ is right on target. Interweave has been my favorite knitting magazine for quite a few years now. You all consistently publish patterns that are flattering, trendy and yet balanced with enough classic styling to make them wearable season after season — oh so important for me, the slowest knitter in the world. 🙂 Thanks to you and everyone there for a job well done — issue after issue.

  5. I am glad that the survey results were noted; I realize that there is a limited staff available to model the garments. However, this group is more alike than not – total range in bust measurement is only 4 inches! I like the fact that IK designs are current, imaginative and interesting technically; however, I can only read so many of these gallery posts before I notice they are pretty much the same and don’t tell me anything that will help me choose a sweater and size, since I am many sizes away from the Gallery Gals.

    This is a fun feature, but I keep wishing for more range – more like the real world instead of the fashion world.

  6. Ditto to what Carrotmusic writes. I love this sweater after seeing it on the Gallery Gals, but I am 5’8″ and have a 38″ Bust, 29″ Waist and 42″ hips, so I have no idea what it will look like on “someone like me.” Bring out more variety in sizes. I loved the first galleries because they really gave me more of an idea about “how this looks in the real world.”

  7. Good for you for including a taller model, but still she is a very slim person. Isnt anyone on your staff larger than a 36″ bust? How about someone who’s got an over 42″ bust? That would at least be within 10″ of my own bust size. Think of all of us baby boomers who are now all grown up and knitting for ourselves. 🙂 I really do like this feature, just wish it were a bit more relative to my own size.

  8. Just adding to the requests for bustier models (and taking into account everything you’ve said about people-who-work-there etc…). I’m down to a 46″ bust from a 52″, but have 40″ hips; I realise that’s not a typical configuration, and I could wait for enough people on Ravelry to have knitted it and photographed it… but I’d like to know what it looks like on a larger-breasted woman…

  9. I love the Gallery girls concept. It is so nice to see how these knits look on regular people of different sizes. I like too, how it’s a preview of the magazine’s patterns. Seeing the last few galleries just convinced me to finally get a subscription to IK.

    I think I’m going to get some of those back-issues on CD too – another excellent and space-saving idea! Esp. since I can cross-reference them via Ravelry. I wish more mags had the same notion!

  10. This one just doesn’t do it for me, either in the magazine or in the galleries; I was waiting to be converted by the galleries but it didn’t happen. Ditto on the comment about bust size – as a ‘full-figured’ chick I’d like to see it on someone with more curves, like Sandi!

  11. I agree it would be great to see the garments on larger models, but let’s remember these are the sample garments from the magazine and therefore, are only going to fit a limited range of sizes. Personally, I don’t find it very helpful to see a model wearing something that’s clearly several sizes too small. That doesn’t help me see how it would look on her in the proper size. And as much as they might like to, I’m sure the staff doesn’t have time to knit up extra garments in other sizes! Keep up the good work, Sandi. As a “traditionally built woman,” I can’t always relate to what’s shown, but I do appreciate seeing the garments on the staff. And kudos to them too, for being such good sports!

  12. I have to say, I don’t get it. I don’t care for this sweater, nor most of what I’ve seen in the magazine lately. I’ve been scouring ebay for back issues of Interweave Knits because the patterns are simply gorgeous. But there hasn’t been a thing I’ve wanted to knit out of the last four issues. I wish the editors would return to beautiful, classic designs – and offer designs that fuller figured, busty women can wear. More larger sizes, please! And beyond a 50-inch bustline, too.

  13. I’m with Julie — I don’t get it, either. This is not a sweater style that I would wear, in fact, there wasn’t one thing in the current issue(other than perhaps socks) that I would be interested in devoting knitting time to.

  14. I agree about needing to see the style on larger bosumed person. I thought this was a beautiful sweater but for me and my 48 inch bust I wanted to see what happened with those pleats.
    I also do not need to see garments that are obviously ill fitting (loose or tight) I see that too often in the dressing room and certainly would not want a picture on the internet and comments on how it does not fit.

  15. I’m also an avid sewer who almost always uses small independent pattern designer patterns to get a different unique garment. This pattern fits that bill! I love it – this will give you the “wow – you made that yourself?!” comment. I would have to agree that all the models/staff are pretty thin women of varying heights. As for me, I’m more the triangle or pear shape and would have to shorten the length, but I’m putting this on my To Do list.

  16. No, this one doesn’t work. The magazine pictures look good because the model is careful posed to hide the awkward too fullness below the ruffles/folds. It is a nice experiment but needs reworking. I think the design would work in a slippery yarn that would naturally drape more gracefully.

  17. In agreement with others – this is a beautiful garment, but we really need to see it on a larger-busted person. The pleats could make a 38″ bust and above look very dodgy – it would be nice to have seen this in person.

  18. This sweater would be flattering on a 12 year old, that is not me, nor who I am knitting for. I have to agree with some of the other comments. I am new to knitting and selected Interweave Knits as the mag of choice, but am not thrilled. Fortunately for me someone in my knitting group was selling back issues that I purchased in bulk and have a wealth of patterns. But so far, I haven’t seen anything that would make me renew. This was my least favorite issue to date.

  19. Sandi–I just had to write in and echo what MirandaJ & Triangleknitter have said…I am 37 years old, and I’m a newbie-knitter (I’m working on my very first sweater as we speak!), and it is this wonderful Gallery feature that is the very reason I decided to try making a sweater. When I began knitting a few months ago, I swore that I would NEVER knit a sweater, because all the patterns I came across looked like giant baggy boxes knit in thick yarn (and the last thing *I* need is more bulk around my middle, thank you!), or like something Bill Cosby would have worn in the 80’s. Or something my grandma would wear (sorry, Grandma).

    And then I came across KnittingDaily and your Galleries…and the sweaters you were showing were BEAUTIFUL. Fresh without being adolescent, versatile, stylish yet still very wearable, and best of all–the Galleries teach me that home-made sweaters CAN fit well–maybe even better than store-bought clothes! Thanks to you and the Gallery Girls, I am so excited to finish my first sweater, and go on from there.

    Please don’t ever stop showing us sweaters that have shape, style, and lovely colors! Every woman, no matter what age we are, deserves to look beautiful! And thank you, Gallery Grrrls, for letting us see the sweaters on a variety of heights, shapes and sizes. You are all gorgeous.

  20. The folds work well to fill out a small bust, but are certainly not necessary to echo the folds in a 63 year old’s neck and face. I also do not think they are gracefully done. There have been too many contrived patterns in IK lately. Although I appreciate the techniques this contrivance displays, in the long run I don’t think they serve the magazine.

  21. Magazine photo looks decent and its a little deceptive. Seeing the garment on the various models here gives a more accurate idea of what it actually looks like. It would look great on a flat chested person. However, on the rest……..The pleat treatment draws the eyes right to the chest. For a woman who wants her chest to say “Here I am look at me,” this garment for her. For those of us who want to draw attention elsewhere, this garment would be a bad choice.

  22. One thing that I usually love about these galleries is that they are modeled on folks with both positive and negative ease–which is wonderful for folks like me who are larger busted with smaller shoulders. This one isn’t modeled that way though, I’m only seeing folks with positive ease. Any chance of getting a few more shots for those of us who would need about 2″ of negative ease?

  23. In my opinion, the folds are more trendy and eye-catching than graceful and flattering; they make the models’ boobs look like they are slowly sliding down and to the left. No thanks. It’s a cool idea, though. Perhaps the folds would be more to my taste in a less attention-grabbing place, like at the wrists?

  24. Karen takes home the prize. This sweater was designed for her figure type. If she did not have that layer of clothing under the sweater it would look even better I think. I notice that she did not roll and button her sleeves which looks just right on her. If you have big and/or droopy boobs, this sweater would be a cascading flesh nightmare. On the otherhand, it might be ideal for breastfeeding.

  25. I also add my voice to the request for bustier gals. Although this style is pretty from an artistic perspective, I consider it to be unwearable for anyone with a larger bust. I recognize that having a larger bust usually necessitates alterations of a conventional pattern, but it would be nice to see a style on a larger bust to get some idea if it is even worthwhile to attempt the alterations to a pattern. Does that make sense?

  26. I think this sweater looked perfectly dreadful in the magazine, and worse still on the models from the office, sorry girls. And same remark as for other models, where was Sandi to give us an idea what it would look like in the real world of larger figures? But thank you for apparently listening to my comment on the survey and doing the gallery a bit later, so that it didn’t spoil the surprise of opening my magazine and discovering the summer patterns!

  27. Sold and sold! I’m in the UK and have just bought this issue direct, paying $14.95 and I think it is a bargain!!! This top is stylish, elegant and gives me new hope for the future of our craft. I’m 53 years old, 4’11” and a size 12 US with a reasonably big bust for my height. I’m by no means an exhibitionist as some commenters feel you would need to be to wear this sweater, and I can’t wait to cast on. By the way, I do so envy all you lucky girls in the US, your choices of yarn and very low prices compared to the UK make me weep at times. We can’t get most of your yarns,eg Knitpicks, and so I’m always trying to find subs. The main problem is that we still have such differences in weights and I can never find a suitable UK equivalent for sport weight! Keep up the good work Sandi and all the Gallery Gals, KD is my best email every day!

  28. I completely agree with Julie. In the current issue of the magazine I couldn’t find a single pattern I would like to knit – a first for me, although to be honest, the last few issues haven’t been as good as usual. I’m English, live in France, so very European, and quite frankly, I was horrified by the “frumpy” garments. Do American women really wear such dated, contrived clothes? Perhaps your designers should look across the Atlantic at some of the excellent designs on offer, or simply look at some of the excellent back issues of your own magazine!. Sorry, but if the next issue doesn’t offer me the stylish, modern and wearable garments that I used to get, then I shall just not renew my subscription.

  29. I’m afraid I’m with the crew that hasn’t seen anything in IW that I would actually knit in about a year. Please remember that fashion-forward needs to include styles that are timeless,and sometimes (gasp) properly fitted. I’ve been very disappointed with IW, and, after being a subscriber for many years, I’m considering not subscribing again. And, believe me, I have all the back issues! Please return to your roots and remember that real people are depending on you for fashionable, but timeless, garments.

    Lyn in NC

  30. While this sweater is different and interesting, it is not something I would wear. Which is fine since there are many items I loved in the 2 previous issues.

  31. I would not knit this sweater. I have a small bust, and the last thing I want in a sweater is to “fill” out that area. Even apart from that body type issue, the pleating seems very old-fashioned (not in a good way) to me. In these economic times, I am now careful about the cost of my projects. The pleats seem like excess yardage, and I am just a no on this one.

  32. Its time for IW and the rest of the fashion world to cater to the baby boomers who will have the time and the money to knit and buy clothing who don’t want trendy just to be trendy. That is not to say we don’t like unique clothing. There’s a big difference between unique and just trendy. How about modeling again Sandy? Use your clout and request that the samples are made larger so you can do so. With that said, I do enjoy very much this gallery venue despite the impracticality of the small sample size. Its simply fun!

  33. I’m no skinny either but I’d hate to see the mag only showing standard plain old knits.
    We need to be shown fashion forward designs. If we want standard stuff there are plenty of patterns already out there.
    Surely no-one imagines that every person would like every pattern in the mag. Most would knit only 1 or maybe 2 items per magazine anyway.
    I would like to see at least one design per issue designed specifically for the apple and pear shaped women out there. There are plenty of us!
    I also happen to love this pattern but sadly I don’t think it would suit me.

  34. This looks lovely on all of the gallery girls, but I would love to see how it looks on someone with 45″ hips and what happens to all of those pleats when they cross over a 40″ bust? Just asking —-

  35. I have to agree with those wishing for larger and apple or pear shaped models. There was a feature last year showing the Central Park Hoodie is larger sizes – and although agree it would not be practical to show all sizes, perhaps for one or two sweaters per issue a larger size could be made and modeled? I also agree with those who are having problems finding something to knit in the most recent issues. I did let my subscription lapse a year ago due to that issue. I’m sure that those of us who feel that way don’t expect to “like every pattern in the mag”, but there appear to be a lot of folks out there who feel the same way about IK now. Is anybody at IK reading these comments? Finally, I also agree that the Gallery is fun, even if not necessarily useful to everyone.

  36. Ok. I want to like this piece because of the interesting design detail. However, I *don’t* think it’s particularly flattering on any of the models. Perhaps with some changing of size as you mentioned, it would be better. But the pleated “neckline” (it’s really a chest plate) seems to overwhelm all of them. You have no sense of the shapeliness of any of these women.

    From a design standpoint, the folded fabric is interesting, but I wonder if would be better from a body flattering standpoint to be placed elsewhere. Like perhaps off to the side just below the waist? I’d have to play with it to figure it out. Or perhaps this would look great on a very busty woman where she wouldn’t be lost under all that fabric?

    I do like the gallery idea. As with others, I think a broader range of sizes/body styles would be better, but I understand the limitations. (What does is say about your hiring practices, I don’t know….) As someone who is 5’11”, I don’t consider 5’8″ tall, by the way.

  37. I also agree about showing designs on larger-busted models. Where was Sandi in this? Those are the galleries I really check out. The Central Park Hoodie gallery was my absolute favorite and was the reason I subscribed to Knitting Daily.

  38. I so agree with NicoleG who stated that this looks better than she thought! Same with me. When I saw it in the magazine I really didn’t like it and thought I would NEVER make it. It looks great on real people! I’ve learned to hold my opinion in check until I see the Gallery! Thanks Sandi.

  39. I look forward to the Gallery hoping it will convince me that one of these garments really would be worth my valuable time and effort. Sadly, that has not happened lately. I too did not renew my subscription last year because of the shift in the designs featured. I would be happy if just one item in each issue spoke to me. I understand that the sample sweaters are knitted in a small size and thus that is what ‘the girls” can model. However, we all know that a slim woman will look good in almost anything. What we need are designs that flatter the larger sizes as well. Are we really to believe that IW can not commission 2 sizes of each item to be knitted for the staff to model? Perhaps there could be volunteers who would knit each item in a larger size. After the photo shoot, each knitter could keep her item. It would only cost the publisher the wholesale value of the yarn. Surely that would be cheaper than losing all of us as loyal subscribers. I want the magazine to be successful.

  40. Wow – a lot of passion in the commentors today. My opinion is that I love IK and consider it a good valule if I find even one pattern per issue that I want to knit, since many patterns are $5 anyway. I don’t generally expect to find many patterns that I like in the summer issues because I don’t like to knit tank tops or knit with cotton. As a larger girl myself, I would very much like to see the garments in a larger size – and I mean really a larger size, not just a size 10. Find a model that is a 16 or 18 and knit to her. I understand that you currently only have one of each garments in a sample size so that limits the gallery gals, but if it becomes feasable in the future, I would like to see the plus size world represented. I agree with the person who pointed out that the Gallery Gals are really just slim women of varying heights. That said, I LOVE the galleries and some real-life representation of the garments is better than none!

    As for this sweater, I really WANT to like it because I think the pleats are very unique. However, it makes even the perkiest bustline look saggy and lopsided. So it would be a No for me. I can’t imagine what bust would be flattered by this pleated detail, although the rest of the sweater – sleeves and body – flatter everyone.

  41. I think this looks great on Sharon. I like how she has it unbuttoned at the neck. I would have liked to see how it fell when it wasn’t buttoned all the way up.

  42. I LOVED this sweater at first sight in the magazine, and now I am definitely going to make it! Akomeogi Tunic and Laura’s Cardigan are the pieces that immediately jumped off the pages for me. Gorgeous!

    My one request is to perhaps measure the Gallery Gals’ shoulders to give readers a better idea of how garments will fit there. I am a healthy, fit, 34-24-36 at 5’5″, so you might think I could fit into anything. But my strong shoulders make it a challenge to fit certain styles of garments. I imagine many other readers have either the same challenge or the opposite, as shoulder widths vary a lot from person to person.

    I love that you show real women with all sorts of different body types – you have people with all sorts of different proportions, and a wide range of ages. Bravo! Because we are all different, it isn’t possible to show a woman who matches perfectly for each of your readers, but you do your best and I applaud that.

  43. I loved this sweater in the magazine and I’m sure I’ll get to it – someday. But after seeing it on all the girls, I think I’d like to see the folds be a bit longer, so the buttoning takes place about an inch further over. This will work for me because I have a small bust.

  44. I think this is a beautiful design, but given my figure type, it wouldn’t be that flattering on me. Reading MaryG’s post, I echo the sentiment that it’s great to see how the garment fits on people with different figure types, even if they have similar measurments, in a wide variety of ages. Not everything works on every body. I’m 6′ tall with very broad shoulders, and a well proportioned shape ( 44-31-40), with a very long-limbed frame, so for me, getting something that fits over my shoulders without making me look like a linebacker, doesn’t gape or distort over the bosom yet fits at the waist is often a challenge of mathematics . For me, an awareness that some constructions will over-emphasize certain aspects of my shape and detract from others is key in my selection process. I tend to look at the patterns with an eye toward what works for me, and knowing that fashion being fashion, trends go to the youth market finding aspects that keep my look from being stagnant yet flatter my shape.

  45. Hmmm …: It looks lousy on Toni & Karen, but great on Allison, Sharon (of course!) and Trish, but I think that’s a matter of fit. In the magazine, I felt so-so about it — especially the yarn, as my aging fingers need the springiness of wool — but think it looks way better on the Gallery Gals. I’m short and extremely apple, so I’d have to do some major tweaking. I think the folds look best when they run across the entire width of the garment / wearer, so I’d probably add some more short rows and maybe even several more folds. Sandi’s suggestion in Part 2 of sewing up a dummy in cheap jersey is and I think I might even drape it on my dress form and retro-fit it.

  46. So…adding my two thoughts…I like the front design but I think its the rest of the sweater that lacks the same thoughtfullnes as the ruffles. Maybe shaping through the waist (which I think most sweaters could use more of)??? Maybe three quarter sleeves on this – more balance to the design.

    Kitty Cucumber, yes there is a tremendous difference between American and European design. Recently one of my local stores starting carrying European knitting magazines (I think a German and a couple of English)- very different styles and techniques and many I would not knit let alone wear. Too much…”stuff” on them or they were heavily lacey and I, personally, do not do lace. As for your “frumpy and contrived” thoughts of American style, well….I had the same thought of what I saw in my local shop’s magazines. I guess it is all where you stand….or where you call home.

  47. Yes, I’m with those who want to see larger sized models/patterns. I’m 39 years old, 5’11 with a 44 bust. I too haven’t found any clothing patterns this year from my IK subscription that I liked. I’m in San Francisco which is a city that has a lot fashion trends, but I don’t see girls on the streets wearing these sorts of things. It’s knitting on a dare almost at IK these days! 🙂 Until there are more elegant/stylish knits, I’m sticking w/ my subscription for the lace and socks. I do appreciate the greater attention to patterns with larger size ranges I’ve seen this year in the mag though.

  48. I love the yarn color and the concept, might work if adjusted to knit in a much finer & silky yarn. When I subscribed to Knits about two years ago, there were many classic and sophisticated patterns. Lately, each issue has been a let down. People in my city just don’t wear these sorts of things. I keep thinking that I should just stop the subscription, but I keep hoping that the next issue will be better.

  49. This is the sweater from this issue I wanted to see in the galleries the most. The gallery really shows me how important fit through the shoulder is for this sweater. On Trish and Karen the sweater looks too big and sloppy and the origami folds look unintentional instead of nice & drapey. I like the way it looks on Allison, even though she has a slightly bigger bust.